and Glynn County
are Persistent Organic Pollutants?
POPs are a set of chemicals that are toxic, persist in the environment for
long periods of time, and biomagnify as they move up through the food chain.
POPs have been linked to adverse effects on human health and animals.
Because they circulate globally via the atmosphere, oceans, and other
pathways, POPs released in one part of the world can travel to regions far
from their source of origin.
is Being Done to Eliminate POPs?
On May 23, 2001, the United States signed the Convention on Persistent
Organic Pollutants (POPs) at a diplomatic conference in Stockholm, Sweden.
Under the Convention, countries commit to reduce and/or eliminate the
production, use, and/or release of the 12 POPs , commonly called the “Toxic
12” or “Dirty Dozen”, of greatest concern to the global community and to
establish a mechanism by which additional chemicals may be added to the
Treaty in the future.
are the“Toxic Twelve” or “Dirty Dozen” POP Chemicals?
Under this global process, the twelve POPs being considered initially are
PCBs, dioxins, furans, aldrin, dieldrin, DDT, endrin, chlordane,
hexachlorobenzene, mirex, toxaphene and heptachlor.
Can POPs Effect My Health?
The adverse acute effects that can result from accidental exposure or
ingestion, there are also various chronic effects that can result from
long-term, low -level exposure. These chronic effects include the promotion
of cancers, damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems,
reproductive disorders, disruption of the immune system and interference
with normal infant and child development.
What POPs are in Glynn
dioxins, furans, toxaphene, are present in large
amounts, but dieldrin, DDT, endrin, and
chlordane, are also found throughout Glynn County.
How Can I be Exposed?
Eating seafood is the single greatest risk since POPs bioaccumulate and have
been found in locally caught fish and crabs. Breathing air or contact
with soil can result in significant long-term exposure near toxic waste